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Finland at the 1960 Summer Paralympics

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IPC code  FIN
Competitors  1 in 1 sport
Website  www.paralympia.fi/en
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Finland at the 1960 Summer Paralympics
NPC  Finnish Paralympic Committee
Medals Ranked 15th  Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 0 0 1

Finland competed at the inaugural Summer Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome. Like Rhodesia and Ireland, it sent only one competitor: swimmer Tauno Valkama. He entered a single event, the 50m crawl (class 4), and won gold - giving his country a perfect success rate for its first Paralympics.

Swimming

Just like all other events at the 1960 Paralympics, swimming races were held with no more than three swimmers per event, thereby guaranteeing a medal to every swimmer completing his or her race. In his sole event, Valkama competed against two Americans: R. Maduro and Hall (full names not recorded).

Valkama was a clear winner, completing the race in exactly 51 seconds, making Finland's only medal at the 1960 Games a gold. Maduro finished in 57.7s, beating his compatriot for silver; Hall swam the race in 59.8s, for bronze.

References

Finland at the 1960 Summer Paralympics Wikipedia


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